It’s another Thursday in the world of NBA betting action, and here at Bang the Book, we’re taking advantage of the light day on the slate to look back at the week that was with its highest and lowest moments against the NBA odds.
Pacers Put Up 54 in a Quarter: When you can shoot 20-of-21 in a quarter from the floor and score 54 points, you know that you are doing something awfully impressive. That’s exactly what the Indiana Pacers did against the Denver Nuggets in arguably the most notable achievement that we have seen at the team level all season long. The amazing part about that quarter was that the Pacers only ended up shooting 64.4 percent for the game! You should certainly do a lot better than that when you put up a big ol’ 95.2 percent shooting from the floor in an entire quarter! Indiana went on to win 144-113 in one of the most impressive displays of the season.
Utah Storms the Sunshine State: The Utah Jazz have certainly gotten the attention of the rest of the teams in the Western Conference, and all it took was going East to do it. The Jazz came off of a dreadful loss to the Golden State Warriors on Friday, and followed that up by needing overtime to escape from the Los Angeles Clippers. With arguably the hardest road trip in the NBA coming up, the duels against the Orlando Magic and Miami Heat, no one figured that Utah would be able to hang. First on the list were the Heat, who hadn’t been beaten at home since putting together the trio that was supposedly going to take the NBA by storm. It took getting 46 points from F Paul Millsap to do, but the Jazz won in OT 116-114. No way that they’d be able to come to the Amway Center, a place where the Magic had never lost before and beat Orlando, right? The hosts were up by nine coming into the final stanza and looked ready to roll, but Utah absolutely stormed to a 39-20 quarter in what should have been the most difficult 12 minutes of the season to shock the Magic 104-94.
Lakers Still Perfect: It doesn’t get much better than this for the Los Angeles Lakers. It just seems effortless how they come on the court and just find ways to beat (and usually beat down) opponents every single night. At 8-0, they enter this Thursday with the best record in the NBA. There isn’t anything that this team cannot do, as it defends well, it shoots well, it has stars both in the post and in the backcourt… Simply put, this is the best team in the NBA, and no one is denying it. G Kobe Bryant, F Pau Gasol, and F Lamar Odom are all putting up superstar numbers this year. Imagine how good these guys are going to be if C Andrew Bynum ever gets back on the court and healthy???
Hornets More Perfect: The New Orleans Hornets are just 75 games away from finishing the season at 82-0 SU and ATS! It’s truly remarkable to see this team transform from the lousy campaign last year that resulted in HC Byron Scott getting fired. The Hornets are playing some stingy defense this year, allowing just 90.1 points per game, and the best ‘D’ might have come in these last two games, a 101-82 win over the Los Angeles Clippers and an 87-81 ‘W’ over the Milwaukee Bucks on the road. Add in the fact that G Chris Paul is averaging 17.9 points and 9.9 assists per game, numbers that you know are going to improve and improve dramatically, and the recipe is ripe for New Orleans to continue making other teams sing the blues.
Breaking the Wall Down: It’s official. G John Wall has arrived. No, the Washington Wizards aren’t winning a million games this year, and they aren’t going to the playoffs in all likelihood, but man, is this kid fun to watch. He logged his first career triple-double last night against the Houston Rockets scoring 19 points, dishing out 13 assists, and pick up ten boards. However, Wall wasn’t done there. He picked up six steals as well, giving him a whopping 19 swipes on the year. The rook is averaging 19.3 points and 10.1 assists per game this year, and he is clearly the best reason to go watch the Wiz play in our nation’s capitol.
Hawks Getting Clipped: Things really looked great for the Atlanta Hawks at the outset of this season, but things just aren’t going this well anymore. After winning six straight to start the year, things turned south in a hurry, starting on Sunday when the Phoenix Suns came into Phillips Arena and handed the hosts their first loss of the season. Everyone expected to see the Orlando Magic hammer Atlanta the very next night down at the Amway Center, and that’s exactly what happened. The result that we are trying to figure out is how the Hawks were dropped by 17 by the Milwaukee Bucks at home last night… The good news is that the Minnesota Timberwolves are only two games away from being on the schedule again!
Triple Double Delight: It seems as though we have had a real rash of triple-doubles this year already in the NBA even though the season is only just over two weeks old. We’ve already talked about the triple-double for Washington G John Wall, but he certainly wasn’t the only one over the course of the week that pulled off the stunt. Miami’s F LeBron James had a triple-double in a defeat against Utah, and was clearly outshined on the day by his teammate, G Dwyane Wade, who scored the third most points for any player in a game on the week with 39. Combine not being in the spotlight with losses, and Mr. LBJ is certainly not going to be a happy camper. The other triple-double came from the incredibly unselfish F Pau Gasol for the Lakers, as he went for 20 points, 14 boards, and 10 dimes during LA’s massive winning streak to start the campaign.
Biggest Upsets of the Week
Utah Jazz +11.5: 104 – 94 @ Orlando (Wednesday 11/10)
Utah Jazz +9: 116 – 114 @ Miami (Tuesday 11/9)
Philadelphia 76ers +7: 106 – 96 @ New York (Sunday 11/7)
Milwaukee Bucks +6.5: 108 – 91 @ Atlanta (Wednesday 11/10)
New York Knicks +6.5: 120 – 112 @ Chicago (Thursday 11/4)
New Orleans Hornets +6.5: 96 – 93 vs. Miami (Friday 11/5)
Denver Nuggets +6.5: 103 – 92 @ Dallas (Saturday, 11/6)
Biggest Blowouts of the Week
Indiana Pacers +1: 144 – 113 vs. Denver (Tuesday 11/9)
Milwaukee Bucks -5: 107 – 80 vs. New York (Tuesday 11/9)
Houston Rockets -8.5: 120 – 94 vs. Minnesota (Sunday 11/7)
Los Angeles Lakers -7.5: 121 – 96 vs. Portland (Sunday 11/7)
Portland Trail Blazers -10: 100 – 78 vs. Detroit (Tuesday 11/9)
New York Knicks -5.5: 112 – 91 vs. Washington (Friday 11/5)
High Scoring Games
Denver Nuggets @ Indiana Pacers (257, Tuesday 11/9)
Houston Rockets @ San Antonio Spurs (245, Saturday 11/6)
Memphis Grizzlies @ Phoenix Suns (241, Friday 11/5)
Cleveland Cavaliers @ Philadelphia 76ers (239, Friday 11/5)
Golden State Warriors @ New York Knicks (239, Wednesday 11/10)
New York Knicks @ Chicago Bulls (232, Thursday 11/4)
Phoenix Suns @ Atlanta Hawks (232, Sunday 11/7)
Utah Jazz @ Miami Heat (230, Tuesday 11/9)
Lowest Scoring Games
Utah Jazz @ Golden State Warriors (163, Friday 11/5)
New Orleans Hornets @ Milwaukee Bucks (168, Saturday 11/6)
Boston Celtics @ Oklahoma City Thunder (175, Sunday 11/7)
Boston Celtics @ Dallas Mavericks (176, Monday 11/8)
Detroit Pistons @ Portland Trail Blazers (178, Tuesday 11/9)
Orlando Magic @ Charlotte Bobcats (179, Saturday 11/6)
Paul Millsap, UTA: 46 points, 9 rebounds @ MIA (Tuesday 11/9)
Michael Beasley, MIN: 42 points, 9 rebounds @ SAC (Wednesday 11/10)
Dwyane Wade, MIA: 39 points, 6 rebounds vs. UTA (Tuesday 11/9)
Jason Richardson, PHX: 38 points, 8 rebounds vs. MEM (Friday 11/5)
Joe Johnson, ATL: 34 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists vs. PHO (Sunday 11/7)
Amare Stoudemire, NYK: 33 points, 10 rebounds vs. GS (Wednesday 11/10)
Russell Westbrook, OKC: 31 points, 12 assists vs. PHI (Wednesday 11/10)
Dwight Howard, ORL: 30 points, 16 rebounds vs. NJ (Friday 11/5)
Deron Williams, UTA: 30 points, 14 assists @ ORL (Wednesday 11/10)
Al Horford, ATL: 30 points, 10 rebounds vs. PHO (Sunday 11/7)
Kevin Love, MIN: 23 points, 24 rebounds @ LAL (Tuesday 11/9)
Zach Randolph, MEM: 23 points, 20 rebounds vs. PHO (Monday 11/8)
LeBron James, MIA: 20 points, 14 assists, 11 rebounds vs. UTA (Tuesday 11/9)
Pau Gasol, LAL: 20 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists vs. POR (Sunday 11/7)
John Wall, WAS: 19 points, 13 assists, 10 rebounds, 6 steals vs. HOU (Wednesday 11/10)